Getting away to paradise will be even easier this holiday season thanks to the return of air service from the US to the Bahamas.
Beginning November 12, Bahamasair will resume its twice-weekly service between Freeport, Grand Bahama and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the airline announced this week.
“With a short two-hour flight time, North Carolinians can easily escape to the warmth of the tropics. In addition, Freeport and Nassau offer activities to suit every traveller’s style and budget, from family-friendly outdoor excursions and all-inclusive hotels with pool and play areas to world-class luxury resorts,” The Hon. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation for The Bahamas, said in a statement. Chester Cooper, said in a statement.
The route will operate every Thursday and Sunday, making it convenient for guests looking for a weekend getaway. The airline said round-trip airfares start at $375 per person, with additional savings available when passengers combine their hotel and activities with their airfare booking.
Freeport, Grand Bahama is home to several resorts, including The Grand Lucayan and The Marlin at Taino Beach Resort. From Freeport, travellers can connect with Bahamasair or other airlines to Nassau, Bahamas, where the popular Atlantis Bahamas is located.
The Bahamas Tourism Authority recently announced “record arrivals” for 2023, with nearly 6 million arrivals in the first six months of the year. The organisation is forecasting a total of 8 million visitors in 2023.
Raleigh-Durham Airport, where the service will depart from in the United States, has seen significant growth in recent years. It is the second largest airport in North Carolina and handled 11.8 million passengers in 2022, an increase of 35 per cent on the previous year.